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Applying to Law School

The following is a basic outline for applying to law school. For more detailed information on the law school admissions process, please visit the LSAC website.

1. Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

Registering for the LSAT is the first step in preparing your application to law school. The LSAT is offered four times a year, typically in June, October, December, and February. In general, you are advised to take the LSAT in the summer or early fall preceding your application, to avoid any delays in processing your application. Ideally, you should plan to take the LSAT only once, and when you are well prepared. For more information on the LSAT, see here and here.

2. Register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS)

The Credential Assembly Service is offered through LSAC and is required for most law school applications. Registration for the Credential Assembly Service can be accomplished at the same time you register for the LSAT. The CAS registration fee, which is separate from the LSAT registration fee, includes the electronic application service, the Credential Assembly Service, the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service, and the LSAC Evaluation Service. You can read more about the CAS here.

3. Decide which law schools to apply to and read all application instructions for each school.

Tulane students generally apply to between six and ten law schools, depending on a variety of factors including admission criteria, financial resources, etc. Most law schools use the LSAC’s electronic application service; however, many also require additional application materials. Visit the websites of potential law schools and read all application instructions carefully. You should draft a basic personal statement that can be tailored to the specific requirements of each law school.

4. Compile application materials and submit applications along with the required application fees.

Again, follow all application instructions carefully and be mindful of deadlines. Many law schools participate in rolling admissions, which means there are more seats available in the first-year class at the beginning of the application process. The rule of thumb is to apply early.